Ambrosini committed suicide - report

Cape Town - IFP MP Mario Ambrosini committed suicide, eNCA reported on Monday night.

He’d been suffering from cancer, but his family told an eNCA reporter that he had not died of the disease.

SAPA quoted his family as saying on Saturday: "It is with deep sadness that we, the family of Dr Mario Oriani-Ambrosini, advise of his passing in the early hours of this morning, after a long and courageous battle with terminal lung cancer."

Ambrosini was so ill that he had been pushed in a wheelchair to take his oath of office before Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng

Earlier this year, during debate on President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation address, the cancer-stricken Ambrosini made an impassioned plea to Zuma and his government to decriminalise the medical use of dagga.

"I'm speaking to you today somehow as a changed man, not to oppose, but to plead with you to provide the laws on behalf of many people in my condition who do not have a voice."

Ambrosini admitted to illegally having smoked dagga in South Africa as an alternative treatment to his condition.

Atholl Canterbury 2014-08-18 10:08:50 PM
Dr Mario Ambrosini ... such an interesting personality .... rare & artistically creative ... the Van Goch of politics ? ... has he cut off his own ear .... on a Starry Night ...
Sechaba Ndlovu 2014-08-18 10:17:05 PM
Can Zuma legalise dagga please
Nolundi Noloyiso Nondie Jevu 2014-08-18 10:52:10 PM
So what if he did? Can you imagine what he must have been going through? MHRIP
Lindokuhle Mhlongo 2014-08-18 10:54:22 PM
dagga smoking worsens the condition.
Thomas Kuka 2014-08-18 11:02:52 PM
me i don't mind dagga being legalized,but i still hv that motto that prevention is better than cure.definately dagga is not the best cure but yes it can stabilize a person.
Motleleng Kgosi Rakgantsho 2014-08-18 11:04:21 PM
JZ should legalize marijuana in the name of Ambrosini, I'm tired of selling it illegally, I want to pay tax as any other businesses
Ishmael Dikobe 2014-08-18 11:09:43 PM
This is a lie,we all know that Ambrosini's cancer was at a bad state and he was already weak.He died of cancer not suicide.Disgusting journalism.
Raymond Van Den Brink 2014-08-18 11:25:13 PM
The ANC and Zuma is the worst form of cancer. There is nothing on earth that can cure it or relieve the symptoms
Djembe Ndebele 2014-08-18 11:55:05 PM
May his soul RIP.
James Ilukena 2014-08-19 12:05:57 AM
RIP Amen